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Nittany Lions Wire Roundtable: What are the expectations for Manny Diaz?

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As we get closer to the start of the new college football season in Happy Valley, the Nittnay Lions Wire staff are spending some time answering some of the big questions facing the Nittany Lions this fall. New defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is in the spotlight today.

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Diaz, the most recent head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, will replace Brent Pry, who is now the head coach of Virginia Tech. He brings with him the profile of a respected defense coordinator. What are your expectations for the Pennsylvania defense under Diaz in 2022, and how long do you think Diaz will remain on the Pennsylvania coaching staff?

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Sam Derig, author
@sam_dehring68

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Manny Diaz’s loan could be one of Penn State’s biggest offseason wins. This hire comes just 11 days after Brent Pry left to become the next Virginia Tech head coach. Diaz was with Miami for six seasons, where he went 7–5 in 2021, finishing a dismal 77th in the nation in total defense. However, let’s not forget Diaz’s success as a defensive coordinator.
First, Diaz was the defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee State for four years, where he twice led the conference in sacks and tackles after a loss.
Diaz also spent 13 seasons, including MTSU, as a defensive coordinator and 12 as a midfield coach. Let me repeat the last part. Manny Diaz moves to Linebacker U after 12 seasons at other schools. His experience in Florida, North Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Temple Louisiana Institute of Technology, Texasand Miami.

Diaz doesn’t have much experience as a head coach. However, I don’t think it won’t take long for Diaz to land another head coaching job, especially if he does well at Penn State given the prolific talent they have.
Despite the difficulties Diaz has had as a head coach, I still think his expectations as Penn State defensive coordinator will be a little high if he wants another head coaching position in the future. However, I consider Diaz one of those coaches who is not a good head coach but an elite defensive coordinator. Diaz is in an ideal position to excel at Penn State given the amount of defensive talent they possess.

However, it is possible that Diaz will only last about 2-3 years before someone hires him as a head coach if he does well at Penn State.

Penn State has lost a lot of talent in the past two seasons due to defense. However, they still have talented 2022 recruits coming next season and they still have a few veterans including Nick Tarberton, Jonathan Sutherland and Curtis Jacobs.

Pennsylvania State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz coaches during an NCAA spring college football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at State College, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

Andrew Harbo, author
@MandruNFL

My expectations are, frankly, off the charts. This Pennsylvania State defense is full of playmakers and it has enough depth to allow rotation to keep players fresh. Diaz thrives coaching defensemen, so guys like Ja’Air Brown and Joey Porter Jr. should see big roles and make it big this year. As for success, I would be shocked if Diaz worked for more than two years. In Miami he got a nasty deal because of how the school handled everything, his track record speaks for itself and success at Penn State will hasten that for him.

Kevin McGuire, editor
@KevinOnCFB

While I believe the standards that are expected of the Pennsylvania defense have been raised, I don’t think Diaz will have much trouble breaking the bar. It helps that Diaz is taking over a defense that is still in a strong position with depth in many key positions, with players opting to come back for another year or come back from injury, not to mention introducing good talent through hiring a past couple. recruiting cycles.

Penn State’s defense doesn’t have much to improve under Diaz, but I’m encouraged by some of the younger players saying the transition to Diaz’s system was pretty easy. Earlier in the spring sophomore linebacker Kobe King suggested that it was easier to adopt Diaz’s style than his predecessor’s., Brent Pry. Maybe it’s partly because another year of college experience helps a younger player, or maybe Diaz’s system just plays well with the roster.

I still fully expect Penn State to have one of the best defensive units in the Big Ten this season despite some notable losses to the NFL like Jakuan Brisker and Arnold Abiketi. A defense that allows Diaz to score less than 20 points per game with constant pressure in the back is exactly what I expect from this team under his leadership as a defensive coordinator. Anything else would be ominous for the chances of success this season.

Pennsylvania State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz coaches during an NCAA spring college football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at State College, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

Simply put, I don’t expect Diaz and defense to be a big problem this season.

However, I don’t expect Diaz to stick around in Happy Valley for too long. I think it’s a two year working relationship at the most, and I suspect that’s the expectation from James Franklin. Diaz may not have been the answer in Miami as the program hoped, but this is the program that has been trying to figure out the answer in head coach ever since Butch Davis left for the NFL. Diaz still has a head coaching career ahead of him and may be in a position where he can wait for the right opportunity instead of rushing from here to accept the first offer he gets. A one-year stint at Happy Valley wouldn’t come as a shock to me if things go well this season, but I think Penn State could get two years from Diaz to make something happen.

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